Journal Entry ~ 01/09/20

1 Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted.
2 Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. - Galatians 6:1-2

We are called to bear one another’s burdens in this passage. A burden is translated as a heavy load that’s difficult to carry.  We are instructed to carry those burdens because doing so is what God commands in His law.

It’s our responsibility as believers in Christ that we would bear one another’s burdens - that means we would do the hard stuff for others with a smile on our face.  We joyfully work for others. When others ask us to serve, we willingly offer our services without complaint.

Some of us will do the hard work, but will complain about it to anyone who will listen - this isn’t bearing one another’s burdens. We carry one another’s burdens because we are called to love one another before ourselves.

While bearing one another’s burdens includes serving them with a cheerful heart, this instruction follows a verse on confronting someone with their sin, so we need to pay close attention to the meaning. It’s not just making someone’s dinner when their family is struggling or watching their children, here they’re referring to bearing someone else’s burden when they’re caught in a transgression.

We were created to live in community so that we hold one another accountable when we’re struggling with a sin issue - that’s what’s being referred to in this passage. We are called to help others bear up against their sin issue by holding each other accountable. It means checking in with the person, and making sure they’re doing the things they need to do to guard their heart against the temptation of sin - but never doing it with an air of self-righteousness because we are called to be gentle in our approach when we hold one another accountable. Our hearts are to be full of grace when we confront others. Our words are not harsh, they are gentle and encouraging.

This can be challenging when the son issue directly affects us, or has lefts us with wounds. If those wounds have not been healed through forgiveness, it is nearly impossible to approach another with a spirit of gentleness. If your motive is anything other than seeing that person restored in their relationship with Christ, it will be a fail. You must first right there wrongs in your own heart before you are able to address the issues in another’s heart. Spend time with God asking Him to clean out your heart, confess and repent of the sins He reveals to you before bearing another’s burdens.

Press on ~ you are loved 💗

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